Celebrating Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo, translated as the 5th of May, is a Mexican holiday celebrating the victory of the Mexican militia over the French army at The Battle Of Puebla in 1862. Yes, another excuse to eat and drink! So in keeping with the theme (I love themes), I cooked with Tequila.

Actually, I started warming up last Friday night when I made Chili Chicken Nachos.

Chili Chicken Nachos

Tortilla Chips
3 cups (750 mL) diced or shredded cooked chicken
8 oz (250 g) shredded cheese (2 cups/500 mL)
(I used a combination of cheddar and mozzarella)

2 tbsp (30 mL) Jamaican Jerk Rub*
1 small yellow or red bell pepper or combination
1 lime
2 tbsp (30 mL) snipped fresh cilantro
1/4 cup (50 mL) sour cream
1 tsp (5 mL) additional Jamaican Jerk Rub* (optional)
1 jalapeno, sliced
In a bowl, combine chicken, cheese and 1 tbsp (15 mL) of the rub; mix gently. Sprinkle chicken mixture evenly over tortilla chips. Bake 5-7 minutes or until cheese is melted; remove from oven to cooling rack.

Meanwhile, dice bell pepper. Cut lime in half crosswise. Juice half of the lime into a small bowl (I use a fork); add bell pepper and remaining rub and mix well.

Snip cilantro. Slice remaining limes; cut slices in half.

Spoon bell pepper mixture over nachos; sprinkle evenly with cilantro. Combine sour cream and additional rub in resealable plastic bag; trim corner to allow sour cream to flow through. Pipe sour cream mixture over nachos. Enjoy!

* Jamaican Jerk Rub is a Pampered Chef product

Then on the actual day of Cinco de Mayo, I continued….


Tequila-Spiked Queso Fundido
Preheat oven to 350° F.
1/3 cup chopped, seeded Serrano peppers
(if you like it hotter, leave the seeds in)
1/3 cup chopped onion
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/4 cup tequilaIn a medium oven proof skillet, saute pepper and onion in hot oil until tender. Remove pan from heat and carefully add tequila. Return to heat and simmer, for about 30 seconds or until most of the tequila has evaporated but the veggies are still moist.1 1/2 cups shredded Chihuahua, queso quesadilla, and/or Monterey Jack cheese
1 tablespoon all-purpose flourIn a medium bowl, toss cheese and flour. Sprinkle cheese mixture over the onions and peppers. Bake, uncovered about 10 minutes or until cheese is just melted.

1/3 cup finely chopped tomato
3 tbsp snipped cilantro

Sprinkle with tomato and cilantro. Serve with tortilla chips. Don’t touch the handle. Just ask me, I know.

And then we had…..

Fish Tacos

1 lb fresh or frozen firm-flesh fish fillets (I used halibut)
1/4 cup tequila
2 tbsp lime juice
1 fresh jalapeno or Serrano pepper
1/4 tsp ground cumin
2 cloves minced garlicMix all ingredients in a small bowl. Pour over fish and marinate in fridge for 30 minutes , turning fish occasionally. Preheat oven to 350° F6 – 6 inch flour tortillasWrap tortillas in foil and heat in oven for about 10 minutes.

Preheat broiler. Drain fish and discard marinade. Pat fish dry. Place fish on a parchment lined cookie sheet. Broil 4 inches from the heat for about 5 minutes. Carefully, turn the fish and broil for a further 3 to 7 minutes or until fish flakes easily with a fork.

Mix together in small bowl:

1/2 cup diced jicama
1/2 cup diced mango

1/2 cup diced red pepper

1/2 cup chopped cilantro
2 tbsp lime juice

Mix together in small bowl:

1/2 cup mayo
2 tsp lime juice
2 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper

1 1/2 cups shredded lettuce

Place shredded lettuce on warmed tortilla shells. Divide chopped veggies and chunks of fish on shells. Top with a generous dollop of sauce. Fold tortillas in half over filling. Yummy!




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